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Frequently asked questions  

The Protective Order Registry, also known as Monica’s Law, was established by Senate Bill 325 (86R): SB 325.

Please see more information here: Protective Order Registry

See Tex. Govt. Code §§ Sec. 72.151-72.158.

All applications, temporary ex parte protective orders, final protective orders, and magistrate’s orders for emergency protection must be entered.

Under Tex. Govt Code §72.152: Applications for a protective order filed under:

  • Chapter 82, FC
  • Article 17.292, CCP

Protective orders issued under:

  • TFC Chapter 83 (TexPO)
  • TFC Chapter 85 (PO)
  • CCP Article 17.292 (MOEP)

This has been expanded to include all POs and MOEPs pursuant to the CCP, such as:

  • sexual assault
  • stalking
  • trafficking
  • indecent assault
  • bias/prejudice

The effective date was originally June 1, 2020, but due to COVID-19, the Supreme Court extended the date to October 15, 2020. (Supreme Court order)

Court Clerks

The head of your agency or his/her designee must grant you access by adding you into the system as a Restricted User. If they have questions on how to do this, they should contact OCA at OCA-LegalSupport@txcourts.gov

Restricted Users pursuant to Sec. 72.155 of the Texas Government Code include the following parties and their designees: the Attorney General, a district attorney, a criminal district attorney, a county attorney, a municipal attorney, or a peace officer (as defined in Texas Code of Criminal Procedure art. 2.12).

If you are a restricted user, submit your email address on the login page https://protect.txcourts.gov/ and you will receive a link granting you access to the website. If you are a restricted user who has not yet been added to the registry, to Requesting Access to the Protective Order Registry

NOTE: Each time you wish to log in to the website you will enter your email address to receive the access link. The website will automatically log you out after 60 minutes of inactivity and you will have to log in again.

Only restricted users can log in and view information to the website. You cannot log in unless your name and email address have been added to the system to grant you restricted user status. For more information go to Requesting Access to the Protective Order Registry

Within 24 hours of its issuance.

Yes

Yes

Note: The public will not have access to any images in the registry.

The Protective Order Kit, approved by the Texas Supreme Court, is a collection of information, resources, and forms for victims and can be downloaded at TexasLawHelp.org: Protective Order Kit

There are three user levels:

Authorized Users (court clerks and designees

  • all records

Restricted Users (authorized users, designees of the attorney general, district attorneys, criminal district attorneys, county attorneys, municipal attorneys, and peace officers)

  • images of applications and orders
  • information entered by authorized users

Public (only if victim opts in

  • no images of applications or orders
  • permanent order by county
  • respondent’s name
  • respondent’s year of birth
  • issuing court
  • cause number
  • race or ethnicity
  • date order issued
  • date order served
  • date order vacated
  • date order expired

No. If the order expires or is vacated, that will be noted in the system.

No. If petitioner decides they want the protective order to be public, the clerk will send that information to OCA, and we process the request.

Make sure you log in with the same email address that was used to register you as a restricted user.

If you receive a link but when clicked the website shows it is expired, it’s possible that your IT department has a security protocol preventing the link from working. To get around this, try to copy and paste the sign-in link into your browser. If that does not work, check with your IT department to see if a work-around is available.

If you don’t know what your restricted user address is or if you are having difficulties logging in, contact us at: OCA-LegalSupport@txcourts.gov.

No. It is very important that all TCIC protocols and procedures continue.

You must use Chrome as your browser to access complete functionality of the system.

Contact: Nitu Gill
nitu.gill@txcourts.gov

Kimberly Piechowiak
Domestic Violence Training Attorney
Kim.piechowiak@txcourts.gov